Gouache on Wallpaper (1967-68)

Sonya Rapoport, And Aaron Lifted Up His Hands, 1967. Gouache and graphite on wallpaper, 18″ x 18″.

These intricate paintings on wallpaper samples evolved from Sonya Rapoport’s Fabric Paintings (1967), in which she created shaped canvases from found “kinky” fabric that often featured floral themes.

Sonya Rapoport, Untitled (Bradford Square), 1968. Acrylic on wallpaper, 18.5″ x 18.5″.

These are some of the first works in which Rapoport represented the figure using flat stenciled forms. This technique would evolve into the Nu-Shu feminist pattern language that she used in drawings and paintings in the 1970s.